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Clarence Thomas compares Supreme Court abortion leak to infidelity

Supreme Court associate justice Clarence Thomas gestures as he speaks during an event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Clarence Thomas compares Supreme Court abortion leak to infidelity

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas compared the leak of a draft opinion indicating Roe v. Wade will soon be overturned to infidelity.

The conservative justice spoke of a loss of trust in the high court during remarks Friday at an American Enterprise Institute event in Dallas. His comments were shared by reporters who quoted Thomas on Twitter.

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“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin looking over your shoulder,” he said, according to one account. He also said that, like infidelity, “you can explain it, but you can’t undo it,” per another tweet.

“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad. I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them,” Thomas said, a third tweet showed.

Protests in favor of and against Roe’s reversal have popped up across the United States since a leaked draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case from Mississippi was published early last week.

The opinion revealed is not final, and votes among the justices might change before a ruling is dealt in the coming months. The leak prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to order an investigation by the marshal of the court. In a statement, the court confirmed the draft that was leaked is “authentic” but stressed it does “not represent a decision by the Court.”

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Thomas, who, according to a Politico source, joined three of the other Republican-appointed justices in voting with Alito after hearing oral arguments in December, said last week, “We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a prominent House Democrat from New York, tore into Thomas this week, asking, “Why are you such a hater?” and tying his criticism to Thomas’s wife, Ginni, who has been under fire in liberal media for her support of efforts to look into allegations of 2020 vote fraud.

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